Lotto win better late than never

Last updated 15:23 11/03/2014

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It's better late than never for a Wellington man who realised he had won a $250,000 Lotto first division prize a month after the winning draw was made.

The regular Lotto player had a few old tickets stashed away that he checked systematically on his computer on Sunday night. One revealed six numbers in a row on a month-old ticket.

"I hollered out to the wife - 'we've won Lotto' - she said 'that's good, how much?'

"When I said 'a quarter of a million dollars', she told me off.

"So she checked the ticket herself - then she believed me. And next thing you know, she's on phone the ringing up the whole family."

The win continues a lucky streak for the man who had earlier won two second division prizes.

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, already has plans for the money.

"Nothing too lavish - but we can redo the bathroom, and finish off all those odd jobs and half-finished projects that I never quite got around to."

Slightly delayed in collecting his prize, the winner was also a bit behind on celebrating the windfall.

"We haven't done anything yet. Maybe we'll go for a nice meal this Friday," he said.

The winning ticket was bought from Whitcoulls Queensgate in Lower Hutt for the draw on February 15. 

The Lotto first division jackpot of $1 million was shared with other winners from Auckland, Oxford and Dunedin.

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- The Dominion Post

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